Export success down under for Lakenheath tyre recycling firm Murfitts

Shredded tyres at Murfitts Industries, based in Lakenheath.

Shredded tyres at Murfitts Industries, based in Lakenheath. - Credit: Archant

West Suffolk-based Murfitts Industries, leading manufacturer of rubber granules for artificial sports surfaces, has shipped more than 300 tons of its products to Australia.

Footballers in Melbourne are due to start playing this month on pitches featuring granules made from worn out car tyres.

Murfitts recycles tyres from across Britain and has developed processes which not only enable it to recycle 100% of every tyre but produce rubber granules of such quality that they are in demand around the world.

The new order has been delivered to Tiger Turf Australia, one of the world’s largest artificial turf manufacturers, which is laying two football pitches for Monbulk Rangers football club in east Melbourne.

The surface, which will cover 19,000 square metres in total, will be compliant with FIFA regulations and will be used for senior level competition and training.


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It is the latest in a string of export successes for Murfitts which is now exporting to more than 50 countries.

Other recent international projects involving Murfitts’ products include a new pitch for the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium, three fields at CEJU Youth Sports Center in Belem, Brazil (part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Legacy) and the world famous Amsterdam Arena, the home of football club Ajax.

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Mark Murfitt, founder and managing director of the Lakenheath-based firm, said: “The demand for our product from customers around the world is a resounding endorsement of the work our team puts in to deliver the highest quality.

“We continue to develop and invest in our processes and are always looking for even more innovative ways to meet our clients’ needs. We aim to lead the way in both effective recycling and high quality manufacture. Our business is unusual in that we are able to completely remove a waste product from the refuse chain and create something of higher value from it, something which clearly has multiple benefits.”

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